If you disagree with a WorkSafeBC decision, you have the right to ask for an appeal. There are two levels of appeal.
- The first level of appeal is a review that takes place at WorkSafeBC’s (WSBC) Review Division.
- If you disagree with the results of the review, you can file an appeal with the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT)
How to request a review
- A review is the first level of appeal at the WSBC Review Division. A Review Officer will take a second look at your claim, which can take up to 150 days (5 months).
- Requests for a review must be submitted to WSBC within 90 days from the date of your decision letter.
- To start a review, contact HEU WCB hotline at 604-456-7186 or toll-free at 1-877-438-5550 or by email at email@example.com
- If the Review Division denies the review, HEU can file a Notice of Appeal.
How to file an appeal
- If the Review Division denies the review, HEU can file a Notice of Appeal at WCAT on your behalf.
- A Notice of Appeal must be filed within 30 days from the date of the Review Division decision.
- Under the law, the WCAT must make a decision within 180 days (6 months) from the time the WSBC file is sent to WCAT.
- However, the 180 days can be extended if WCAT needs more time to make a decision. Note that Vocational Rehabilitation decisions cannot be appealed to WCAT.
- The decision of the WCAT appeal is final.
If you miss a deadline
Even if you have missed the deadline to request a review or appeal, please contact HEU. WSBC or WCAT may consider whether there were special circumstances that prevented a review or Notice of Appeal from being filed on time, and if it would be unjust if the appeal does not proceed.